28 days in Australia Itinerary

28 days in Australia Itinerary

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28 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Cairns
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
3
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sydney
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Perth
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Cairns

4
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary builder site .

Adelaide to Cairns is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In February, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Adelaide - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

4
nights
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Venture out of the city with trips to Diwan (Alexandra Bay Waterfall & Daintree Entomological museum) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, have fun at Port Douglas Tennis Club, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. February in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane travel planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Brisbane takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Port Douglas in February, expect Brisbane to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

5
nights
Sydney

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Melbourne

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip builder tool .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect little chillier with lows of 16°C in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 43°C and lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

2
nights
Perth

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the activities along Swan River, then stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and then appreciate the history behind State War Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Fremantle Prison, take in the views from Elizabeth Quay, then don't miss a visit to The Bell Tower, then contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, and finally get your game on at Elizabeth Quay Carousel.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Perth tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, Perth is slightly colder than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

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